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Independent city-state within Rome, Italy

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Vatican City: Independent city-state within Rome, Italy
Vatican City, officially Vatican City State, is an independent city-state enclaved within Rome, Italy. Established with the Lateran Treaty (1929), it is distinct from, yet under "full ownership, exclusive dominion, and sovereign authority and jurisdiction" of the Holy See. With an area of 44 hectares, and a population of about 1,000, it is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population.


Vatican prosecutor wants trial for two priests in abuse case

A Vatican prosecutor on Tuesday asked that two priests who served in a "pre-seminary" that housed altar boys inside the Vatican be ordered to stand trial on charges of sexual abuse.
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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell makes final appeal to overturn sex offense convictions

Lawyers for former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday filed an appeal to Australia's High Court in a final bid to overturn his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys,..
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Videos for Vatican City

Pope gets stuck in a lift for 25 minutes [Video]Pope gets stuck in a lift for 25 minutes

Pope Francis apologized to crowds in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (September 1) after getting stuck in a lift. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:47Published

Former Vatican treasurer loses appeal against sexual abuse convictions [Video]Former Vatican treasurer loses appeal against sexual abuse convictions

An Australian court upheld Cardinal George Pell's sexual abuse convictions.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:38Published


Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Pope Francis will visit Asia in November and will be the first pope in nearly four decades to make a trip to Thailand and Japan, Vatican sources said.
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Pope invites leaders to Vatican for global compact on education

Pope Francis on Thursday invited world political, cultural, and religious leaders to a meeting at the Vatican next year to agree on "A Global Compact on Education" to better prepare the young for..
Reuters - Published

Pope Francis urges peace and reconciliation in Mozambique

Pope Francis got an enthusiastic welcome on his visit to Mozambique, where the Vatican helped negotiate an end to years of civil war. CBS News foreign correspondent Seth Doane is traveling with the..
CBS News - Published

Pope gets stuck in Vatican elevator and arrives late for Sunday address

Pope Francis said he was trapped in a Vatican elevator for 25 minutes Sunday apparently because of an electrical issue. He apologized to the waiting crowd that gathered in St. Peter's Square and..
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Pope Francis gets stuck in elevator

The Pope apologises to the crowds in St Peter's Square after getting trapped in the Vatican lift. It took the fire brigade 25 minutes to free Francis.
USATODAY.com - Published

Pope stuck in elevator for 25 minutes, freed by fire brigade

Pope Francis arrived late for his weekly address in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, explaining that he had been stuck in an elevator in the Vatican for 25 minutes and had to be freed by firefighters.
Reuters - Published

Vatican acknowledges Pell abuse decision, says he has right to appeal

The Vatican on Wednesday acknowledged the Australian court decision to uphold Cardinal George Pell's conviction on sexual abuse but said he has a right to another appeal.
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Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell loses appeal against sex abuse convictions, returns to prison

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell lost an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys and will remain in prison for at least another three years, an..
Reuters - Published

Chilean priest who is uncle of president probed in alleged child sex abuse

The Vatican has launched an investigation into an allegation that a retired archbishop and uncle of Chilean President Sebastian Pinera sexually abused a child more than 50 years ago, the Vatican's..
Reuters - Published

Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell to learn fate on child sex offences appeal

Jailed former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will head to court on Wednesday to hear the outcome of his appeal against child sex offense convictions, and if he wins he could immediately walk..
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Pope expected to make Thailand visit in November: sources

Pope Francis is expected to make an official trip to Thailand in November ahead of an already announced visit to Japan, becoming the first pontiff in nearly four decades to go to either country,..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: What next for jailed ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell?

An Australian court said on Thursday that it will rule on an appeal by jailed former Vatican treasurer George Pell against child sex offences on Aug 21.
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Australian court to rule on ex-Vatican treasurer Pell's child sex offense appeal next week

An Australian court will rule on the appeal of jailed former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell's child sex convictions next week, the court said on Thursday.
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Pope caps reform of Vatican bank with new statutes

Pope Francis has approved new statutes for the Vatican Bank, making an external audit obligatory and introducing other changes to bolster reforms that have turned around the once scandal-ridden..
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Pope Francis's envoy tells Syria's Assad of concern for Idlib's civilians

Pope Francis's envoy told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a meeting on Monday of the Pope's concerns for the humanitarian situation in northwest Syria, a Vatican spokesman said in a statement.
Reuters - Published

Forensics team discovers bone fragments at the Vatican

The Vatican is filled with centuries of art, history and apparently bones. That revelation came during a search for a missing 15-year-old girl who vanished decades ago. Seth Doane reports.
CBS News - Published

Thousands of bones discovered in Vatican in search for Orlandi

This is just the latest twist in an unsolved mystery that has stretched on for 36 years
CBS News - Published

How NASA's moon mission turned Houston into "Space City"

"NASA looks at Houston as the Vatican of space," one expert said
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Vatican opens ossuaries in search for missing bodies

Forensic experts extracted bones from two ossuaries within the walls of the Vatican on Saturday as part of an investigation aimed at resolving the case of a girl who vanished in 1983.
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Vatican opens tomb for cold case

The Vatican has opened up two tombs inside a cemetery in the hopes of solving the disappearance of a teenage girl. The girl disappeared in 1983 when she was just 15 years old.
CBS News - Published

Mystery grows: Vatican opens tombs in search of missing girl's remains, bones of 2 princesses gone

The tombs of two 19th-century German princesses were pried open at a tiny Holy See cemetery on Thursday and turned out to be completely empty.
USATODAY.com - Published

At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery

The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was found, not even the bones of two 19th century..
Reuters - Published

Vatican to open 2 graves in hunt for missing girl after cryptic clue

Emanuela Orlandi vanished without a trace 36 years ago, but a mysterious letter suggests she may be buried in a 19th century tomb inside Vatican City
CBS News - Published

Vatican lifts immunity of Paris envoy: French foreign ministry

The Vatican has lifted the diplomatic immunity of its envoy in France, the French foreign ministry said on Monday, opening the way for Archbishop Luigi Ventura to be questioned by prosecutors over..
Reuters - Published

Putin and pope hold 'substantive' talks in shadow of Ukraine crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Pope Francis for "very substantive" talks on Thursday, a day before Ukraine's Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican.
Reuters - Published

Spain protests Vatican envoy's criticism of Franco reburial plan

Spain formally complained to the Vatican on Thursday after its ambassador criticized the Socialist government's attempts to exhume the remains of dictator Francisco Franco and said it had achieved..
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Putin meets pope in shadow of Ukraine crisis, arrives late

Russian President Vladimir Putin met Pope Francis on Thursday, a day before Ukraine's Catholic leaders were due at the Vatican to discuss their country's crisis, and amid speculation that his visit..
Reuters - Published

A girl vanished in Rome 36 years ago. Now the Vatican is opening tombs to investigate

Two tombs in Vatican City will be opened next week to determine if they contained the remains of a 15-year-old girl who vanished in Rome in 1983.  
USATODAY.com - Published

Vatican to open tombs after tip in 36-year-old case of missing girl

The Vatican said on Tuesday it will open two tombs in a tiny cemetery on its grounds and test the DNA of bones to help solve the 36-year-old disappearance of a teenage daughter of a clerk in the Holy..
Reuters - Published

Vatican defends confessional secret as sexual abuse crisis stings

The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases..
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Vatican insists priests can't report sex abuse revealed in confessions

Catholic court issues document calling laws, like one pending in California, an "unacceptable offense" against religious freedoms
CBS News - Published

Vatican says laws cannot force priests to break seal of confession

The Vatican on Monday reaffirmed Catholic teaching that priests cannot reveal what they learn in confession, in an apparent response to moves in Australia and elsewhere to force them to do so in cases..
Reuters - Published

Vatican says China intimidating Catholics loyal to pope

The Vatican asked China's communist government on Friday to stop intimidating Catholic clergy who want to remain unequivocally loyal to the pope and refuse to sign ambiguous official registration..
Reuters - Published

Conservative Vatican cardinal withdraws support for Steve Bannon

Conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, for years a strong backer of Steve Bannon, has yanked his support for the former Trump White House adviser and his plan to set up a right-wing Catholic academy in..
Reuters - Published

Vatican mulls allowing married priests in remote Amazon region

Vatican document even alludes to more "official" roles for women in the church
CBS News - Published

In historic shift, Vatican to consider married priests for Amazon region

A Vatican document on Monday said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in..
Reuters - Published

Poland's bishops exhorted to do more against pedophilia

The Vatican's leading sexual abuse investigator on Friday urged stronger action from Poland's Catholic bishops who are under growing public pressure over a pedophilia scandal.
Reuters - Published

Vatican issues document rejecting gender change

The document, published during LGBTQ Pride Month, was immediately denounced as contributing to bigotry and violence against gay and transgender people
CBS News - Published

Vatican condemns gender theory as bid to destroy nature

The Vatican condemned gender theory on Monday as part of a "confused concept of freedom", saying in a new document that the idea of gender being determined by personal feeling rather than biology was..
Reuters - Published

Latin lovers tune in: Vatican broadcasts news in language of ancient Rome

Friends, Romans and Latin lovers - lend the Vatican your ears. Vatican Radio is starting its first regular news bulletin in the language of Caesar and Cicero.
Reuters - Published

Putin July visit to pope could pave way for Russia trip

Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Pope Francis next month, the Vatican said on Thursday, an encounter that could help pave the way for an historic papal trip to Russia.
Reuters - Published

Ex-Vatican treasurer's child sex offence conviction should stand: prosecutor

Former Vatican treasurer George Pell's conviction on child sex offences should stand because a victim's account was truthful, a prosecutor told an Australian court on Thursday, the final day of the..
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Former Vatican treasurer appears in court for appeal against abuse convictions

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell appeared in an Australian court on Wednesday for an appeal hearing against his convictions for sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s.
Reuters - Published

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